19 posts tagged "Macy’s"
Janelle Monáe To Perform At AmfAR, Kate Moss For Mango, Lucy Sykes Rellie Joins Rent The Runway, And More…
Janelle Monáe has been announced as the performer for the New York amfAR gala next month. Sarah Jessica Parker has been confirmed as the evening’s host. [amfAR]
Kate Moss has already shot a video for Mango with Terry Richardson, and today the label released its spring campaign featuring Moss. The images were shot by Richardson and styled by Géraldine Saglio. [Mango]
Yesterday, Macy’s Inc. sued Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. “in a bid to block a licensing deal between the housewares company and J.C. Penney Co.” Reportedly, “Macy’s claims Martha Stewart Living’s deal with J.C. Penney violates the terms of an exclusive pact Macy’s has to sell Martha Stewart Living products at its stores.” [Huff Po]
Rent the Runway has tapped Lucy Sykes Rellie as its new fashion director. Rellie originally started working with the brand six months ago in a consulting capacity, WWD reports. [WWD]
Karl Lagerfeld has had his hands on a lot of projects lately, from a wine label to book projects to a Macy’s collection. The only thing missing is a namesake line. Today, WWD reports that is soon to change; Lagerfeld is set to launch a “rock ‘n’ roll-flavored” 100-piece collection ($95 to $450) of his own on Net-a-Porter.com on January 25.
The new president of Karl Lagerfeld BV, Pier Paolo Righi, says after the affordable collection’s debut at Paris Couture Week, a string of Karl pop-up shops and “Karl Lagerfeld experience” flagship boutiques will follow. The Karl collection, stamped with the Kaiser’s signature, including fingerless gloves, detachable collars, and silvery jeans, is geared toward women in their “late teens and early twenties.”
Macy’s is on a roll. Last month, the retail giant debuted collections by Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Dello Russo, and now, a covetable series of looks created by Giambattista Valli. Drawing on his experience as a world traveler, the Paris-based designer’s capsule collection for Macy’s Impulse offers a wardrobe for the chic jet-setter, at prices ($50 to $150) that don’t strain your wallet like a trip to Bali might. If you recall, earlier this month, the designer cited very similar inspirations at his ready-to-wear show in Paris. So you’ll find the Macy’s Valli girl is likely to cross paths with shoppers of his namesake line, equipped with safari-inspired animal prints and pink rosy florals. The pieces, like the flirty red dress, are individually injected with the same zest Valli is known for. Both Giambattista devotees and newcomers looking to get a taste of Valli’s signature flair will be pleased. The tan leopard-print pants and the jacket are both likely to be top sellers when the collection hits stores across the U.S. at the end of this month.
If you catch Anna Dello Russo during New York fashion week (after elbowing your way past her hordes of street-style photographer fans), chances are you’ll find her in the latest ready-to-wear, sometimes ordered straight from the runway. So when word broke earlier last month that the stylist and Vogue Nippon editor collaborated with Macy’s for the INC line—she styled, offered trend suggestions, and served as a sort of creative ambassador for the line—our curiosity was piqued. Style.com started off the morning at the Mondrian Hotel, where we chatted with ADR on mass fashion, packing for fashion week, and why you won’t see her at late-night after-parties.
Aside from styling, one of the parts of the INC “editor at large” program is that you posed with Karolina Kurkova in the campaign. How was that?
I used to be behind the camera, always. But this is my revenge to be in front of the camera and I loved it. I’ve learned so much from the big top models, and I was really looking for a moment to try myself. It’s like being Cinderella, you want to be invited to the ball.
What’s a tip for taking good photos?
Just don’t be afraid. I’m always thinking of a story, maybe it’s a good man standing in front of me. You have to push your unconscious outside.
You’re always wearing amazing, luxurious pieces. How do you balance that with working with Macy’s?
That was a challenge for me to see if I could do it. I was really trying to see if there is a link with my luxury world and the mass market. Of course I edited the pieces, but I projected these pieces as if they were in my world, which is this crazy, sexy, and excessive look.
This being something of a trial run for the mass market, do you think you’ll ever design?
Many people have asked me that. I respect the designer so much, and right now, I’m happy doing editing and styling. They are very different jobs. So far, I prefer to be where I am, but you never know.
How many suitcases did you bring for fashion week?
That is my crutch! A lot. I don’t know how many because I also shipped some luggage. I do a lot of research before fashion month. I took some incredible new pieces with me. But I also do a pit stop in Milan. That’s the secret. It’s New York, Milan, London, Milan, Paris, and Milan, because I can’t survive five days without changing.
It’s only 10 a.m. right now and just the start of New York fashion week. What time did you get up this morning?
I woke up at 4 a.m.
Wow, that’s early.
I wake up early every day. I did yoga for an hour and then it was hair and makeup at 6:30 a.m.
Yoga? We heard you swim quite a bit too.
Yoga you can practice anywhere because all you need is a mat. I also swim every day.
If you wake up so early, do you hit the fashion week parties too?
I like to go see the mood and the look of fashion week parties, but I am always the first to leave. Maybe I go to one party a night, but no after-parties. I like to wake up early.
More than anyone else in the fashion world, Karl Lagerfeld gives the impression that he’s propelled by a massive tailwind—nothing seems to irk him more than slowing down, revisiting, pulling into port. Even his words come out in rapid gusts. For his latest project, forward motion has brought him to Macy’s, of all places, and Style.com caught up with him while he is promoting the limited collection for Impulse, one of the mass retailer’s house brands. It’s the latest of the multitasking designer, photographer, and publisher’s high/low collaborations, a twist on the trend-setting partnership he embarked on with H&M in 2004.
At a suite in the Mercer Hotel, Lagerfeld spoke to Style.com about subjects as varied as “ugly hats” at the royal wedding, the similarities between the iPad and sixteenth-century engraving, and why it is that he simply must have a leather-gloved hand in everything.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about Macy’s while you were designing this line?
I learned a lot of things, [but] the work of the American department store is something I knew quite well from the past. They made European designers in America, because [these designers] had no advertising. It was not like today. They made the shows, and really promoted them, and educated the American public about European design. That was another world, another time. But that does not diminish my sympathy for department stores.
Is it harder for department stores today, do you think?
You cannot compare it. People don’t shop the same way. There was no Internet. We live in another world. It’s a new start. What I love best in life is new starts.
When you’re considering a partnership like this, what are the factors that help you decide yes or no?
That I can be 100 percent behind it. I do package deals. I do it myself—the choice of girl, the whole thing. If not, I’m not interested. It’s not a licensing of the old days—”Here’s my name, do whatever you want.” The other day there was an article that said how I approach it is the opposite of what Cardin did, and for me that’s the greatest compliment.
For him, it was the name. For you, it’s, well, you.
Yes, that’s what I’m selling.
Do you get tired of people trying to peek behind your sunglasses, or do you see it as part of the game?
You don’t ask a marionette what a marionette really thinks. I’m totally myself. I became 100 percent my image, so maybe there’s nothing else behind it. It’s like talking heads.
People get excited about high/low. But what happens to the middle?
I loved to do H&M because it was an experience. People like me were supposed to be into exclusivity, unapproachable. That’s what I hate most. I think it’s very démodé. T-shirts for ten dollars are even more fashion today than expensive fashion. But the middle has more problems. That’s a point we don’t talk about. The middle has not so much class, in terms of fashion.
You take photographs for art and business, but for many people it seems to have become a habit. Everything is documented. Do you think it’s overkill?
TV didn’t kill theater, iPhone photography doesn’t kill photography. But it’s childish, in a way, being so over-obsessed. Sometimes I see things and I don’t have a camera with me. And you can never come back five minutes later because it’s not the same. To be there all the time—I mean, I have an iPhone and an iPad with a camera, but I use them very little, because I like photography. But photography for me is business. I have a studio with five full-time assistants to do all our campaigns—Chanel, Fendi, Dior Homme—and covers for CDs, editorial, whatever we do. In a way I’m lucky that I did that, because if I were only in fashion I would be isolated.
And everyone is now in front of the camera, too. One product of all the photo-taking, I think, is that it makes everyone try so hard.
I don’t even try. From you to me, I don’t know anything myself. I am flattered, because I don’t understand. I don’t sing, I’m not an actor, I have no scandals, I am a decent working-class person and people are interested in me, which I think is extremely flattering.
I think you say things well.
I can say what I think. Maybe I should think deeper and open my mouth not as quickly.
Are you scared of being bored?
I’m not scared. How can you be scared of being bored? Only boring people are bored. When they say they are bored, the only thing I can say is, “It’s right, you’re boring, too.” Because there is so much to do, to read, to know, the idea of being scared of being bored doesn’t even enter my mind, because the day only has 24 hours, my dear.
How many of those hours do you spend asleep?
Seven, without waking up, and I think that’s the secret. Continue Reading “Karl Lagerfeld Opens Up” »